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Self-Employed And Gig Workers In Utah Can Get Unemployment

State officials say Utah residents who are self-employed or work in the gig industry can file for unemployment benefits. Kevin Burt of the Department of Workforce Services said Wednesday that the filing opportunity for people who work in jobs such as hair stylists or ride-hail drivers stems from the $2.2 trillion federal package to help businesses, workers and the health care system staggered by the pandemic. The state also announced a grant program to help day care centers that are still open pay rent, salaries and other costs. Utah has reported 20 deaths from COVID-19.